December 18, 2007

Hansen blown away on official visit

Tyler Hansen was a solid commitment going into his official visit to Colorado last weekend. The trip made the 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback from Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral feel that much better about his college decision.

"It was one of the most fun weekends I've ever had," said Hansen, who arrived in Boulder on Friday and flew back home on Sunday. "I just loved everything about it.

"Just walking around campus was great and I found out that there is always something to do in Colorado. We went sledding, we went to the ESPN Zone down in Denver and that was fun. We just did different things that were fun. I had a great time out there. I'm so happy that I chose Colorado."

Starting quarterback Cody Hawkins and redshirt freshman wide receiver Scotty McKnight served as Hansen's player hosts for the weekend.

"They really helped me out and made me feel comfortable," Hansen said of his hosts. "Cody was great. He took me to his house and told me what college life is all about."

Hansen also got a chance to sit down with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich, and he got to watch the Buffaloes practice in preparation for their bowl game.

"I met with Coach Helfrich on Saturday," Hansen said. "We sat down one-on-one and talked about some things that were going to happen and some scheme stuff. It was really good to talk to home.

"The fact that Coach Hawkins likes to have fun with the team stood out to me. He had little competitions that he did with the team at the end of practice. He makes practices enjoyable. I like that a lot. With the tempo of the practices, they got a lot done in a short period of time."

Hansen helped lead Chaparral to the third round of the playoffs this season as a senior. He threw for roughly 1,700 yards and eight touchdowns this fall. Hansen also rushed for about 500 yards.

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